Children’s immunity and dengue fever /malaria

In theory, dengue or breakbone fever is rarely fatal, unless you don’t have a strong immune system.

An excerpt from my book Leaf to Life

There is increasing evidence linking climatic factors (like our coming hot season) to the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases including dengue, malaria, tuberculosis, and other viral diseases.

I would like to add another one – food poisoning, which can be deadly.

This aspect is especially critical for our children and elderly parents or friends.

All children are exposed to numerous illnesses at school and at day care. Resistance to viral illnesses is determined by many factors: diet (Vitamin, Zinc and Selenium), heredity, stress, gut health etc. But the most important consideration is the state of the immune system. Your immunity also depends on the digestive system because more than 70% of your immune cells reside in the gut. And this is more than just taking probiotics. In fact, I don’t recommend probiotics for long term consumption as your body need to work on producing its good bacteria.

Please note that no antibiotic can kill any virus. The only one who can cure you is your immune system. Your immune system is proven to be enhanced with certain herbs, diet and good lifestyle.

The best medicine is not to treat your child once he or she falls sick, but preventing the child from getting sick in the first place. Repeated sicknesses are a sure sign that your child’s immunity needs to be enhanced and modulated with safe herbs, diet and lifestyle changes.

Over and over I heard from parents – stories of herbal success not only in prevention but also in chronic infection (when antibiotic fails). The children of my clients have been freed from the seemingly unending doses of antibiotics and litany of medications they had previously been taking.

For example the herb Bertram (in German) or pellitory has been found to be effective in treating and preventing malaria, dengue and tuberculosis in Africa. It has anti-candida, anti-viral, anti-bacteria and anti-fungal properties. It is a better option for the digestive system (and thus immunity) than many cooling herbs such as olive leaf and elderberry.

Treat the fever associated with malaria or dengue with the fever protocol. Your child will be stronger in the long term.

It is also useful to add kitchen herbs to their diet. Coriander leaf is my favourite.

I will be sharing more on total or holistic immunity care for both adult and children immunity in our upcoming LEAF TO LIFE seminar (August 22, 2015 at Central library). Please look out for further details in the coming months.

 

 

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About sliew

I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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